Lonely Planet Writer

London is getting a floating garden featuring plants recycled from the Chelsea Flower Show

Some of the gorgeous flowers featured at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show will be rehomed on the banks of the Thames at a new floating garden space.

Farmopolis is coming to London.
Farmopolis is coming to London. Image by Farmopolis

Farmopolis, located on the jetty at the Greenwich Peninsula in London, will become a floating oasis that will also house cultural events.

Organisers have created “The Great Plant Rescue”, which will see tens of thousands of plants from the flower show given a second life. The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the world’s most famous exhibits of flowers and plants, drawing in people from around the world.

The Great Plant Rescue at Farmopolis will open to the public on 30 July, and will host a summer programme that includes “live music, experiential supper clubs, literary salons, immersive theatre and creative workshops”.

The organisers also hope that in the future, the space will host large-scale events, and include green spaces and orchards, farm-to-table restaurants and event programming. According to a news release “this experiment in regeneration promises to be one of the most unique spaces in London”.

The project is the result of a partnership between Secret Productions, which organizes creative festivals, Wayward, an art, design and farming practice, and Greenwich Peninsula.

“This is about creating an eco-system, not just the living plants but the partners and people that make it happen. We want to connect the dots between community, events, culture and create a movement where they all feed off each other in a really unique environment,” said Jo Vidler, director of Secret Productions, in a statement.